Club: West Adelaide
Rachelle Martin has proven herself as an inside midfielder and ball magnet with West Adelaide in the SANFL Women’s League.
The 21-year-old was crowned SANFLW’s Best and Fairest in 2020, sharing the honour with Crows superstar Anne Hatchard after a consistent season.
Serving as vice-captain for the Bloods, she averaged 18 disposals, seven tackles and five clearances per game prior to the COVID-19 shutdown period.
Martin, who hails from the Yorke Peninsula, is no stranger to the Crows Women’s Team, having trained with the side on a weekly basis during the 2020 pre-season.
The younger sister of Crows 2019 AFLW premiership player Hannah Button (nee Martin), she made her AFL Women’s debut in Round One as an injury-replacement player due to an injury crisis at West Lakes.
Crows GM of Football Administration Phil Harper said:
“Rachelle is a great story. She watched her older sister, Hannah, get drafted two years ago and then play a big part of our 2019 AFLW premiership.
"Now, it’s Rachelle’s turn and we couldn’t be happier for her. She’s worked incredibly hard. Rachelle took her opportunity as a train-on player with us earlier this year and followed up with a fantastic SANFLW season.
"It’s the third year in a row that we’ve drafted the SANFLW Best and Fairest winner, so it’s great to be able to reward talent in South Australia.”